《每日非洲》:用照片记录真实的非洲 分享到
New Book Uses Photographs to Fight Stereotypes of Africa 2018-01-0973145

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A new book tries to show what life in Africa is really likeafter one removes misinformation and some stereotypes found in western media.
这是一本展示非洲真实生活的书,它试图摆脱西方媒体对非洲的错误观点和刻板印象。
The book, called “Everyday Africa,” presents the major and minor events in life through the images of 30 photographers.It is now available in bookstores across Europe and the United States.
这本书名为《每日非洲》,通过30位摄影师的作品展示了生活中的重大事件和琐碎日常。这本书目前在欧洲和美国的书店销售。
The book started as a feed on the social media photo-sharing app Instagram.It was a project of two Americans, Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill.Now it belongs to a community of Africans across the continent.
这本书最初发布在社交媒体照片分享应用Instagram上。这本书由两个美国人彼得·迪坎波和奥斯汀·梅里尔合著。现在它属于非洲大陆上的非洲人民。
DiCampo says the project dates back to 2012, when he and Merrill traveled to Ivory Coast to report on the end of its civil war.While speaking with refugees and soldiers about how the country was recovering,the Americans found that daily life was fairly normal for most people.However, they felt this information was not coming through in the story they were preparing.
迪坎波说,这部作品可以追溯到2012年,当时他和梅里尔在象牙海岸(科特迪瓦),正要对内战结束后的非洲进行报道。在与难民和士兵说起这个国家如何从战争恢复时,这两个美国人发现大多数人的日常生活都很平凡。而事实上他们觉得这些信息并不是他们原先准备报道的内容。
We were seeing all these other moments that were much sort of truer to our daily life experience in that part of the world.”
“我们看到的这些瞬间比我们的日常生活更加真实,尤其是在非洲这片土地。”
To capture those events, Merrill said they started using cellphones to take pictures of what they saw around them.
为了捕捉这些日常活动,梅里尔表示,他们开始使用手机拍摄他们所看到的照片。
“…You know, pictures of people going to work, or eating breakfast, or hanging out with their friends;things that were just more normal everyday scenes and we felt like there was really something to that,and that might be the most important thing we had to tell about that place, at that moment, instead of the crisis story.
“…你知道的,人们上班、吃早餐,或与朋友在一起的照片;那些只是再普通不过的日常情景,我们觉得确实有一些东西,某个地方、某一刻发生的最重要的事情,才是我们不得不讲述的,并不是所谓的危机。”
DiCampo said he feels it is difficult to have an understanding of the world when all you see are extreme stories.The “Everyday Africa” Instagram feed was a way of seeing what daily life looks like in Africa from many different perspectives.
迪坎波说,当你看到的都是极端的故事时,就会觉得很难了解这个世界。在Instagram推送的《每日非洲》是一种从不同的角度看非洲日常生活的方式。
The project is popular, and still growing.The Instagram account has over 360-thousand followers and an active community of photographers sharing pictures of the continent.
这部作品很受欢迎,而且广为人知。作品的Instagram账号拥有超过36万的粉丝,还有一个十分活跃的摄影师社区,他们分享着这片大陆的照片。
“We’ve had lots of African photographers join, non-African photographers join, but we’ve also got some skilled amateurs.In Cape Town Barry Christianson is a computer programmer.Mahmoud Katub in Caro just finished medical school.I think that there’s something about that mix of people that strengthens the community and that makes the work better.”
“我们有很多非洲摄影师加入,也有其他地区摄影师加入,但我们也有一些技术娴熟的业余摄影师。”开普敦的巴里·克里斯蒂安森是一名计算机程序员。卡罗的马哈茂德·卡塔布刚刚从医学院毕业。我认为这些人结合在一起可以巩固社区的力量,让工作变得更好。”
With the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting,DiCampo and Merrill are using the Everyday Africa name to help educate students.They visit middle school classrooms in the United States to train students on how to document their lives and recognize stereotypes.
在普利策危机报道中心的支持下,迪坎波和梅里尔正在以《每日非洲》的名义来帮助教育学生。他们来到美国的中学课堂,训练学生如何记述他们的生活,并跳出思维定势。
In their visits with students, DiCampo says,they use the story of Everyday Africa’s creation to discuss how media representation affects them and their communities.They also show the students how to improve their own photography,with the goal of helping them create their own school or community “everyday” project.
迪坎波说,在他们与学生交流时,他们用从《每日非洲》获得的灵感,来与学生们讨论媒体再现是如何影响他们及其社区的。他们还向学生们展示如何提高摄影水平,帮助他们创建自己学校或社区的“每日生活”。
DiCampo and Merrill say their dream is for Instagram communities to be formed all over the world, documenting their everyday life.They hope that the book will give them the chance to reach more peopleand to show an underrepresented side of African life to the world.
迪坎波和梅里尔说他们的梦想是在世界各地创建Instagram社区,记录他们的日常生活。他们希望这本书能让他们有机会接触到更多的人,并向世界展示非洲生活不为人知的一面。
I’m Phil Dierking.
我是菲尔·狄丽金。

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